St. Joseph Board of Education Hires Lawyers
ST. JOSEPH (AP) - The St. Joseph Board of Education has retained a law firm in the wake of a federal investigation.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports the board approved retaining the Mickes Goldman O'Toole firm Friday.
Federal investigators have been looking into the school district's finances amid questions about stipends given to a number of top school officials without school board approval.
During the meeting Friday, Superintendent Fred Czerwonka also read portions of a review by lawyer Thomas Mickes of the FBI investigation and the state audit so far. The report listed a provision that stated Czerwonka had the authority to issue the $5,000 stipends paid to administrators.
Mickes' report also said he found no co-mingling of federal education dollars with state and local revenue in the last five internal audits.